The Arm Swing and Upper body are a generally neglected area in running but if used correctly these components regulate correct form (i.e., efficient running ) and modulate your running pace.
The video below covers important topics of arm swing and upper body posture, specifically the dynamics involved, the pitfalls to avoid and finally drills to promote correct arm movement and posture for efficient running.
Here are the key take-aways:
- The arms dictate the rhythm of the legs.
Efficient running requires strong active arm motion. Control your pace by focusing on arm swing. Regulate your pace with the arm swing, speed up by increasing arm swing and not lengthening stride.
- Be careful to not do too much work with the shoulders.
Movement starts at the shoulders but the shoulders should be relaxed. Arms bend at 90 degrees. Forearms are carried along with the movement of the arms.
Arms swing close to the body (not to crossing past your body midline – line from nose down to navel). Shoulders relaxed and down. Fingers are not rigid, straight or in a fist – just relaxed. Head tall, looking forward – do not point your chin down.
Video by Forward Running
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